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Thursday, January 18, 2007



Methane Rocket

XCOR Aerospace Begins Test Firing of Methane Rocket Engine
XCOR Aerospace Begins Test Firing of Methane Rocket Engine
Credit: Mike Massee / XCOR
XCOR Aerospace has completed its first test of teh first methane rocket, the 7,500 lbf LOX/methane engine. Methane has a higher specific impulse than Kerosene, but is easier to store than Hydrgen. This is great news for Earth and Mars. The Mars Direct, and other, plans call for in situ propelant production, namely methane and oxygen. This engine brings it one step closer to reality.

(More info: spaceliberates.us, and XCOR)


- posted by Jim @ 7:48 EST